OPINION (CBN News) – California lawmakers are debating a bill that would force foster parents to use any transgender pronouns that their foster children want. Supporters say it’s the best way to care for youth who believe they’re transgender but opponents say it will force out foster parents with religious beliefs that conflict. These opponents argue that California can’t afford to lose any more foster parents.
But the bill’s sponsor, California Assemblyman Mike Gibson (D-Compton), argues that this transgender pronoun mandate will attract more foster parents. “I think this bill has great potential of one, increasing parents taking in foster children,” Gibson said in a hearing in front of the Assembly Human Services Committee, responding to a legislator’s direct question over whether his bill “helps get more foster parents.” In his opposition testimony, California Family Council representative Greg Burt said the policy would be harmful. READ MORE